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3 Unique Rail Experiences in Melbourne

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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Published April 14th 2013
Get on track with these rail adventures
Puffing Billy
Puffing Billy
Puffing Billy

This train experience is as exciting as its name. Puffing Billy is a 120 year old steam rail which runs on the mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook overlooking some of the most scenic views of Dandenong Ranges. A tour on this train is not only fun filled and relaxing but it also offers some gripping and exciting events for you to enjoy while the train moves along its track. From comedy to murder mystery, jazz music, weddings, Santa special and other local events you can indulge into what invigorates your mind. Amongst other events the most popular one is the Great Train Race where hundreds of competitors race against the train amidst the picturesque locations. Just hop into your car or use public transport to travel to Puffing Billy and enjoy this unique experience while it lasts. Click here for details on Puffing Billy's timetable, services and fares.

City Circle Tram
City Circle Tram
City Circle Tram - Source: Wikipedia

The City Circle tram runs within Melbourne CBD and follows a circular track which takes you through the iconic and tourist attractions of the city. These trams run in both directions (clock wise and anti-clockwise) and commence after every 12 minutes between 10:00 am to 6:00 pm from the tram stops. These trams are the best ways to explore Melbourne's city life and see places and things which add to its attraction like Parliament House, Federation Square, China Town, Melbourne Central and others. The beautiful part about City Circle Tram is that it is absolutely free so you can enjoy its ride as much as you want. It also has running commentary about various attractions, where it stops, so you get to know the trivia as well. Hop in and out of this tram to enjoy great architecture, shopping, lip-smacking multi-cultural cuisine and much more in the heart of the Melbourne city. Find out more about the schedule and route of City Circle Tram here.

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

This rail experience is a unique blend of history, culinary delight and cozy ambience. One of its kinds in the world The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is beautifully furnished and decorated from inside and accords a lively view of the city while you enjoy your meal. The Tramcar Restaurant offers seating capacity of 36 passengers and travels through the city and nearby suburbs while you relish some lovely conversations, great company and good food. It is fully air conditioned and with its warm hospitality it adds more to your experience than just a great meal or view. You can book it for early lunch, early dinner or late dinner as per your convenience and enjoy the sumptuous meal of 4 courses, 3 courses or 5 courses menu respectively. Do not forget to mention your special requirements, if any, while you are making your bookings. Click here for a full list of this tramcar's schedules and price. It is recommended to reach approximately 15 minutes before its departure to avoid any unforeseen circumstances. So whether it's a birthday, anniversary or any special occasion, which you want to celebrate, visit this fascinating mobile restaurant and make your day extra special.

If you still haven't made a trip to any or all of these rail attractions then now is your chance. Trust me, your friends and family will love you for these wonderful and unique experiences.
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Why? To rev up your fun quotient & get some great views
When: All round the year
Where: Victoria, Australia
Cost: From free to depending upon what you choose
Your Comment
The other iconic tram trip is the No 96 to St Kilda - cheap (you can just go on your Myki) and listed by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the world's top 10 tram rides!
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1738) 2674 days ago
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